Hospital Wins and Man Dies as Court Orders His Ivermectin Stopped
"A Fairfield Township man with COVID-19 whose wife sued to force West Chester Hospital to treat him with Ivermectin has died, according to his attorney. Jeffrey Smith died Saturday, September 25, said his attorney, Jonathan Davidson of Hamilton.
Smith, 51, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July and was in the intensive care unit at West Chester Hospital."
According to a news report published October 4, 2021, "Jeffrey Smith tested positive for COVID-19 July 9, was hospitalized, and was admitted to the intensive care unit July 15. He was put on the hospital's COVID-19 protocol of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, along with plasma and steroids. On July 27, after a period of relative stability, Jeffrey Smith's condition began to decline.
He was sedated and intubated, and placed on a ventilator on August 1.
Smith was in a medically-induced coma on August 20, according to an affidavit his wife filed with her lawsuit. 'My husband is on death's doorstep; he has no other options,' she wrote, adding at another point that her husband's chances of survival had dropped to less than 30%."
In August, Judge Gregory Howard ordered the hospital, West Chester, to honor the family's request to treat him with Ivermectin.
Judge Howard approved Dr. Fred Wagshul's prescription of Ivermectin 30 mg daily for three weeks. Dr. Wagshul is a renowned Pulmonary Specialist who reports having treated over 2,000 patients with Ivermectin with 100% success.
He heads the Lung Center of America in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, he is a founding member of the World-Renowned Front-Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a non-profit group of highly-published physicians dedicated to saving lives.
By the grace of God and Judge Howard, Jeffrey Smith won the court order to receive the life-saving Ivermectin for which attorney Ralph Lorigo and his team had fought at his wife's plea. It appeared that Jeffrey Smith would be another in the string of Lorigo's cases that received court-ordered Ivermectin and went on to enjoy a full recovery.
Lorigo's ICU cases who win court-ordered Ivermectin have more than a 90% recovery rate, unlike their chances with standard care, which is well below 50%, and in this case, less than 30%.
How does one explain Lorigo's cases' remarkable record of recovery without acknowledging that Ivermectin works?
How does one explain the remarkable drop of more than 99.9% of COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, India, following the massive Ivermectin home-kit use campaign?
How does one explain the 65 studies involving over 47,000 patients worldwide showing the remarkable ability of Ivermectin to prevent COVID deaths?
How exactly does the NIH respond to Dr. George Fareed’s and Dr. Brian Tyson’s saving of 6,000 COVID-19 patients with the majority using an Ivermectin-containing cocktail? Perhaps by ignoring and ridiculing them as the media did after Dr. Fareed testified in the November 19, 2020 Senate hearing.
There is nothing funny about ignorantly poking fun at life-saving treatment administered by a Harvard-educated physician and former NIH researcher.
How does one defend the use of Remdesivir as the NIH’s approved choice when it is proven to not save lives – at a cost of $3,100 per dose – while Ivermectin obviously reduces mortality?
Beyond that, courts have consistently held that a patient should have the right to try another treatment to save their life when all else has failed.
Indeed, a patient's right to select their own medical treatment is considered fundamental and is protected by the US Constitution, and it is underscored in the Declaration of Independence.
Over thirteen days, Smith faithfully got the Ivermectin, and began to improve, said Dr. Wagshul. It looked like Ralph Lorigo had worked another miracle.
And then the unthinkable occurred. A new judge ordered the Ivermectin stopped against the wishes of his wife, his family, and Dr. Wagshul.
And soon after that, 51-year-old Jeffrey Smith's life ended.
Judge Michael Oster reversed the ruling before Smith could receive the entire three weeks of court-ordered Ivermectin. As a result, he only received 13 doses out of the 21 mandated by the previous order. According to Ralph Lorigo, lead attorney, "they were planning to begin weaning off the ventilator."
“This is a man who has been helped by the medication, and this is a judge who just doesn’t get it right,” Lorigo said.
Dr. Wagshul, who prescribed the Ivermectin, was upset.
He commented, " I will never understand why any hospital would refuse to try this drug on a patient that had zero to lose."
However, perhaps I can enlighten readers on why a hospital would fight a family in court to remove their last hope. Maybe I can clarify precisely why a high-powered legal team would fight a dying 51-year-old man and his tearful wife.
West Chester Hospital is proudly affiliated with UC Cincinnati Health, and they are in turn heavily funded by the NIH. For example, they are part of the ACTIV-2 program.
According to the referenced article, "ACTIV-2 is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which also funds the ACTG.”
Cincinnati's UC Health also figured heavily in Moderna’s Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine clinical trial last year.
And any support of a repurposed drug that is effective on COVID could endanger the public support – and profits - of the vaccine program and the new antiviral medications like Molnupiravir. Because if the word got out that a safe drug like Ivermectin could save dying comatose patients on ventilators from COVID-19, Big Pharma and Big Regulators would be in trouble.
UC Cincinnati holds great sway over Butler County, its courts, and Cincinnati in general to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
In 2020 alone, the Office of Research at The University of Cincinnati reported $273 million in funding, the vast majority of it coming from the Federal Government. More than $250 million came from Federal Sources like the NIH.
UC Cincinnati has been a darling of the NIH since at least 2007, a year in which research money flowed in at a record pace at $333.5 million.
"The Academic Health Center and affiliates - supported mostly by NIH grants - brought in more than $270 million in 2007. That represents 81 percent of the university's total research dollars."
By contrast, the renowned Cleveland Clinic received less than half that amount - $134 million - in NIH funding in 2020.
Arguably, the Cincinnati area was the worst place for Jeffrey Smith to apply for Ivermectin.
So what is truly tragic is that Jeffrey Smith did not go to a different hospital, further away from the influence of Cincinnati medicine, to another area perhaps closer to Dayton, where Wright State University is located. Dr. Wagshul holds a Clinical Instructor position there.
Wright State University only received $5.6 million from the NIH in 2020.
Perhaps Jeffrey Smith could have received a fair trial in Montgomery County, located just 30 miles north of Butler County, Ohio. If only he had continued the Ivermectin for the entire three weeks, he might have gone on to the planned weaning off the ventilator like Judith Smentkiewicz and John Swanson, other Lorigo cases.
It is worth noting that when Judith Smentkiewicz’s Ivermectin was stopped, she immediately began to worsen. Then upon resumption, she continued to improve, ultimately going home. Here, instead, Jeffrey Smith might be alive today had he chosen to go to a different hospital. A hospital located in another county, one with another court and judge - one less under the thumb of UC Cincinnati. A hospital that did not stop his Ivermectin.
So, Dr. Wagshul, I agree with you that it is wrong, immoral, and against everything America and physicians stand for; however, we are fighting forces stronger than Big Tobacco.
Dr. Wagshul commented further in a written statement, "The passing of Jeffrey Smith is tragic and leaves an unimaginable void in the lives of Jeffrey's family - including his wife, Julie, and his three children. When the Critical Care doctors at West Chester Hospital told Mrs. Smith that there was nothing more they could do for her husband, she begged them to try Ivermectin - a 35-year-old drug that is rated as one of the world's safest drugs. Its efficacy in all stages of COVID-19 has been demonstrated in over 65 studies..."
He went on, "A government system that picks winning and losing drugs is dysfunctional - restricting treatments while looking for the next great thing. We must end political interference in the practice of medicine and restore the sacred doctor/patient relationship. Furthermore, the right to openly exchange scientific findings without censorship must be preserved. Patients and their health must always remain our top priority. May Jeffrey Smith's memory be a blessing forever."
Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. George Fareed, and others recently spoke in Rome, Italy, at the COVID Summit and called for all physicians and scientists to join them in the Rome Physician's Declaration to do just that.
The Declaration calls upon the restoration of the physician-patient relationship, the ending of political intrusion into this, and an end to physician censorship.
If you believe in a dying patient's right to receive a physician-prescribed safe and repurposed drug, please join us.
Dr. Wagshul relies on ethics to support his position. He cites both the Hippocratic oath of a physician and the Talmud.
“It is written in the Talmud that ‘those who save one life save the entire world.’ Where there is life, there is hope. If we forget that as doctors, and if we throw up our hands and do not try everything we know to save every life we can, then we are in violation of the oath we took to act in the best interest of every patient - every patient.”
Albert Schweitzer, a 1952 Nobel Laureate, wrote, “Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.”
On the other hand, corporations like Big Tobacco have but one obligation. And that is to maximize shareholder profits regardless of any death and destruction they cause along the way. But, unfortunately, we are now witnessing Big Pharma’s adoption of Big Tobacco’s strategy to defeat Ivermectin – and it has already cost us hundreds of thousands of lives.
We now have caught Big Regulators and Big Media red-handed in lying to us about the conflation of animal Ivermectin with the human version. In addition, we have witnessed the wholesale use of informational flooding propaganda against us.
We have caught the World Health Organization in a lie about Ivermectin. While they passed out millions of Ivermectin home kits in Uttar Pradesh, India, at the same time, they [falsely] told us it was dangerous and ineffective.
The time has come to demand honesty and integrity from our governmental agencies charged with the fiduciary duty of safeguarding our health. They cannot serve two masters, corporate profits and us.
They must choose our lives over their money.
If you agree with me that repurposed drugs can help save your life not just from viruses but from other diseases, including terminal cancer, please stand up now for patient rights. Big Pharma will never allow this without a fight, and we must be up to that fight - if not for you, then for your children and grandchildren.
We cannot allow courts to restrict a patient's treatment options to only Big Pharma-endorsed drugs.
If you wish to live in a country that values your health above the NIH’s profits, please ask your doctor to sign this Declaration.
Dr. Justus R. Hope, writer’s pseudonym, graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College where he was named a Lilly Scholar. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he was awarded the M.D. degree. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at The University of California Irvine Medical Center. He is board-certified and has taught at The University of California Davis Medical Center in the departments of Family Practice and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He has practiced medicine for over 35 years and maintains a private practice in Northern California.